Talk for writing


As a’ Talk for Writing’ school, all children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the schools, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial ‘imitation’ stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the ‘innovation’ stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the ‘invention stage, children write their own text independently.



We are delighted to offer the NPQML to all colleagues in the local Tandridge area. The NPQML is designed to support participants to become highly effective middle leaders, with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive and inspire successful team performance and improve outcomes for pupils.

Since 2013 the Surrey Teaching Schools Network has run the national leadership programmes for over 1100 leaders. It is committed to developing outstanding leaders who can transform schools and ultimately improve educational outcomes for young people. Feedback from the leadership programmes has been overwhelmingly positive. Many participants say that their experiences on the course have helped them to secure promotion.

The following details provide an outline of the eligibility criteria, content and assessment of the NPQML.

Who Can Apply?

Those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team including key stage/subject curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders.

Those who are, or are aspiring to be, a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).



The programme comprises 4 half day face-to-face events, 6 weeks of online learning and the opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of practising school leaders from a variety of backgrounds and educational contexts.

The programme will be run over a twelve month period; participants will be expected to complete the assessment at the end of this time.

Each unit is complemented by a two week online course which is delivered by a team of expert online tutors.

There are six areas of learning which will be delivered through three discrete units:

Strategy and Improvement/ Leading with impact

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence /Increasing Capability

Managing Resources and Risks / Working in Partnership